#interreg25 years conference - Discover Interreg's achievements, reflect and be inspired

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15-16 September 2015 - Maison du Savoir Esch - Belval, Luxembourg

The Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and INTERACT invite you to celebrate 25 years of Interreg, discover its achievements, reflect and be inspired.

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Movies of the event


Territorial Cooperation in Europe - A Historical Perspective

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15 September 2015

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Registration, Lunch

Moderator: Jon Worth, Blogger and Consultant

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  • François Bausch, Luxembourg Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure
  • Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional & Urban Policy


History of Interreg VIDEO

Screening of “Le dessous des cartes - Interreg”
“The making of….”

  • Jean-Christophe Victor, creator and presenter of Le Dessous des Cartes

Personal stories "My story of Interreg”

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  • Jens Gabbe, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
  • Jean-Claude Sinner, Ministry of Sustainable development and infrastructure, Head of  the European Affairs Division
  • Susanne Scherrer, Head of the Baltic Sea Region programme
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The Role of Interreg (two panel discussions)
Labour market / demographic change

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  • Olivier Denert, Secretary General at Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT)
  • Peter Hansen, Executive Committee AEBR
  • Magnus Schönning, Head of the JTS of Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerak programme
  • Eva Lundin, Senior Advisor at the Hedmark County Council (Norway) - Brain Flow Project PPT


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  • Blanka Bartol, Senior Official at the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning - Project NATREG
  • Raimund Mair, Technical Expert on River Basin Management at the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River PPT
  • Pedro Martínez Ruiz, Director de Gestión de Servicios Urbanos - Área de Fomento -DIPUTACIÓN DE SALAMANCA, Spain PPT
  • Tarja Richard, Head of the Joint Secretariat of Med Programme
  • Maria Duzova, Director General, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria


Coffee break


Thinking out of the box VIDEO
The Behavioural Dimensions of International Cooperation

  • Dr. Alejandro Guarín, Researcher at the German Development Institute, Bonn PPT
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The Diffusion of Innovation

  • Prof. dr. Zdenka Ženko, Associate Professor of Innovation management, Assistant Professor of System Theory at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Maribor, Slovenia PPT
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Launch of European Cooperation Day 2015
Awarding the winner of the slogan contest for Interreg

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Project Slam VIDEO
The five selected projects –will tell us about their project in an innovative and entertaining way- The audience will select the winning project..

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Networking Dinner


16 September 2015





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Taking a global view - Africa, Latin America (Panel Discussion) VIDEO
Territorial Cooperation - Current state of affairs and opportunities

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  • Manuel Tonnar, Deputy Director for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Luxembourg
  • Boubacar Bah, Vice-President of the Council of Local Authorities, Economic and Monetary Union West Africa (UEMOA), President of the Association of Local Authorities of Mali PPT
  • Jaime del Castillo Hermosa, President of Infyde
  • Patrick Guillaumin, Deputy Director General in charge of European Affairs, Regional Council of La Réunion (France) PPT
  • Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of AEBR PPT
  • Johannes Krassnitzer, Programme Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Coffee break


Building on 25 years (Panel Discussion) VIDEO
Visions for your region/Europe for 2040: What would it take to get there? What would be the role of INTERREG? PPT

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  • Iskra Mihaylova, Member of the European Parliament, Head of Regi Committee
  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Vice President at the Committee of the Regions
  • Kikki Liljeblad Vice president in the Executive Committee of the municipality of Norrköping, Sweden PPT
  • Peter Mehlbye, Director of the EGTC ESPON PPT

This conference and in particular this session will inform the General Affairs Council, which will be held 18th November 2015

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  • Walter Deffaa, Director General, DG Regional and Urban policy
  • Camille Gira, Secretary of State, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxembourg PDF



  • Option for guided tour around Belval
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Interreg 25 years

  • Introduction and Agenda
  • Territorial Cooperation in Europe - A Historical Perspective PPT German English French
  • Le dessous des cartes - Interreg German English French
  • Movies of the event
    • Interreg's achievements English
    • The future of Interreg German French
  • Interreg 's top 5 achievements English & 25 project illustrations
  • Libretto presenting the 5 project slammers PDF
  • Illustrations by drawnalism ZIP(121 MB)
  • Results of the Voting tool PDF